One piece of information left out of the recent announcements of the upcoming flagships from HTC and Samsung was the price of the new hotness. Fortunately, thanks to contests from HTC and T-Mobile, we now have an answer for both.
The HTC One M9 will retail for $599, which is precisely what you would expect given that the One M8 retailed for the same price in most locations last year. Obviously on contract you should expect to shell out the standard $199.
The Samsung Galaxy S6, on the other hand, isn’t quite as predictable as the One M9, it has moved on up since last year with the change to a sealed metallic frame and the $699 retail price reflects that move. This is a $100 bump from last year’s Galaxy S5, and it becomes questionable whether we will see on contract pricing at $199 or $299. Of course, this doesn’t include the Galaxy S6 Edge, which will likely summon at least a $50 — and more likely $100 — premium on the standard Galaxy S6.
Realizing that most people aren’t swayed too greatly by the full retail pricing of a phone due to on-contract pricing and the proliferation of monthly payment options like JUMP! and Edge, does the $100 premium for the Galaxy S6 sway your opinion on which flagship you might go for this year?